preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
is reporting that the U.S. imported a total of 2,769,000 net tons (NT) of
steel in January (up 2.6 percent over December), including 2,285,000 net
tons (NT) of finished steel (up 5.9).
Total steel imports
in January were up 4.6 percent over the year-ago period; finished were up
2.5 percent over the year-ago.
steel had an estimated market share in January of 27 percent.
Key finished steel
products with significant import increases in January compared to December
included reinforcing bars (up 54 percent); standard pipe (up 45 percent);
cut lengths plates (up 31 percent); sheets and strip all other metallic
coatings (up 19 percent); and oil country goods (up 10 percent).
In January, the
largest volumes of finished steel imports were from South Korea (311,000 NT,
up 15 percent from December); Turkey (306,000 NT, up 98 percent); Japan
(136,000 NT, up 19 percent), Taiwan (110,000 NT, down 25 percent) and
Vietnam (103,000 NT, up 80 percent).